Sonia Rucker is the Assistant to the President for Equity and Diversity and Dean of Students for Southeast Missouri State University. She most admires her mother who is amazing, graceful, thoughtful, kind and remarkably strong. She always tries to treat people with dignity and respect no matter the circumstances. Sonia believes that one of the biggest challenges facing women is the ability to achieve work-life balance. She fully understands and appreciates the importance of seeking out, offering and providing guidance, advice and support to other women in her own field of education and in life.